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Foldforming with Charles Lewton-Brain
CLB 2015 WORKSHOP - COMPETITION - AWARDS DINNER- BOOK!
OPEN FOR ENTRIES!
The 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
Submission deadline June 15, 2015: Fourth annual global competition for foldforming techniques in the metal arts! 4 top prizes and a Jurors' Choice round. Innovation Award also available at jury discretion. Read more and enter...
2015 Foldform Awards Dinner with Charles Lewton-Brain
Open to the public! JUL 24, 2015 at 6PM at the Seligmann Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf, NY. Catered by local favorite farm-to-table Black Dirt Gourmet. General Admission $25 / Workshop Participants $15
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CLB 2015 Foldforming Workshop Intensive
Foldforming for Vessels with Charles Lewton-Brain JUL 24-26, 2015
New workshop intensive for CLB 2015! Foldforming for Vessels July 24-25-26:
Step up your skills with foldforming pioneer Charles Lewton-Brain. Learn to apply foldforming techniques to create vessels for art or utility.
This very special class is already filling up.
Foldforming at 30:
Selections from the Inaugural
Lewton-Brain Foldform Competitions
A full color, image-rich art book celebrating winners and Jurors' Choice selections from the 2012 and 2013 competitions with forward by Charles Lewton-Brain and commentary by Hazel Wheaton and Cynthia Eid. Two editions available!
Foldforming LEARNING RESOURCES
Looking for information and resources about foldforming? Read on...
Two Learning Tracks
Visiting Artist Series In Blacksmithing
FRED CRIST - SETH GOULD - HALEY WOODWARD - JAKE JAMES - MORE!
The year begins with five special offerings: Mokume-gane with Dan Neville, Blacksmithing for the Sculptor with Fred Crist, A Spatula Worth Flipping Over with Seth Gould, Door Knocker with Haley Woodward, and Collaborative Sculpture with Jake James. And this is only the beginning! Register...
Blacksmithing for the Sculptor with Fred Crist
In BLACKSMITHING FOR THE SCULPTOR, metalsmith Frederic Crist teaches forgework as fine art, using the expressive nature of hot work. The workshop on March 27-29, 2015 is a 3-day sculpture-building intensive, where students learn to use techniques at the forge under the guidance of blacksmith sculptor Frederic Crist. Classically trained in both art and blacksmithing, Crist uses the organic movement of iron and bronze to great effect in his own sculptural works, which can be seen at http://www.facristmetalsmith.com/sculpture.html
A Spatula Worth Flipping Over with Seth Gould
In Seth Gould's project workshop on May 1-3, A SPATULA WORTH FLIPPING OVER, the making of a spatula teaches forging, refining, and embellishing an object, forging as close to the finished product as possible by separating mass, spreading, drawing out, punching, drifting, and general controlled hand forging. Moving to the bench, this forging can then be refined and embellished using a variety of filing techniques and the introduction to hammer and chisel wire inlay.
Door Knocker with Haley Woodward
DOORKNOCKER with Haley Woodward on May 23-24 is another project workshop that uses building a doorknocker to practice the isolation of mass, hot cutting, butchering, forging tenons, forging brass, and the forging of both precision fit and moving parts. Students will leave with new skills, and their own doorknocker study built in the workshop. As a teaching artist, Haley Woodward can adjust the project to work with beginners as well as intermediate students.
Collaborative Sculpture with Jake James
COLLABORATIVE SCULPTURE with Jake James, on May 31-June 6 is a rare opportunity to work with a master in a high energy team approach to sculpture. Jake James is an award winning British born and educated Blacksmith creating functional and sculptural work in forged metal. The week-long collaborative sculpture-building, from design to group execution, explores the plasticity of hot iron and expressive possibilities of heavily forged materials. This class will work together to design and build a large sculptural piece under Jake’s guidance. Participants will work on small forging teams, with each team responsible for separate elements of the sculpture. All teams will then collaborate to bring those elements together and complete the whole piece.
Looking for full details? HERE is the full press release -- and HERE is the blacksmithing workshop schedule.